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Music fans and gamers will be delighted to hear that a Rock Band video game featuring The Beatles finally has a release date

Gamers will finally be able to get their hands on a Rock Band video game based around The Beatles, one of the most popular bands of all time.

The new game will have "an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles," it was said in a statement.

The Beatles: Rock Band will be released around the world on September 9.  The game by itself will ship for $59.99, and another $99.99 will snag gamers a guitar, bass, mic and drums so they can jam alongside the Fab Four.  Older Rock Band instrument controllers will still be able to work with the new game.

This is the first time music from The Beatles will be used in a video game, with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr the remaining two living members of the band.  Both McCartney and Starr, alongside Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, contributed input into the video game.

"The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music," McCartney originally said when the game was first announced.  "I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out."

The Beatles have been hesitant over the years to allow their music to be sold online or featured in a video game, but the band's officials have finally agreed on money issues with game studios and music producers.  The band has sold more than 600 million albums across the world.  The video game was made possible when Harmonix and Viacom were able to complete a deal with Apple Corps, Ltd. -- rumors of a possible Beatles-based game been swirling for quite some time.

The game will be released for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles. 

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RE: yawn
By omnicronx on 3/6/2009 4:03:12 PM , Rating: 5
Despite what anyone thinks or wants to think, based on talent I would argue The Beatles are the most overrated band in the history of music.
If by overrated you mean one of the most influential bands ever, then sure, I agree. Your favorite artists today would not be the same if not for the Beatles.
They were the Backstreet Boys of their generation... only difference was they played instruments (very mediocrely I might add) and their fame lasted more than 15 minutes.
I hope you realize how much of a moron you are making yourself out to be. Unless you listen to country, almost every single rock band you listen to on the radio was in some way or another influenced by the Beatles either actively or passively (i.e whether their favorite bands were influenced by the Beatles, or they were influenced directly).

Even if you don't like the Beatles, you cannot take away what they have done for the music industry.

RE: yawn
By bighairycamel on 3/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: yawn
By omnicronx on 3/6/2009 5:15:31 PM , Rating: 5
but don't spit in the face of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Wonder and tell me they weren't as equally influential as The Beatles?
No.. they are not.. Those are all great artists of their time, but none of them were as inflential as the beatles.

Furthermore, Clapton was good friends with Harrison, played guitar for the album version of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and there were even rumors that he was going to replace John Lennon. His style of music was very much so influenced by the Beatles in one way or another.

Hendrix is the same, the song She's So Fine was a Beatles tribute.

No disrespect to all the great bands of our past, but the Beatles have always stood out like the Beatles did, especially when you consider they had and still have fans all around the world. Guys like Clapton and Stevie Wonder did not.
I'm talking about musical talent, not musical influence.
And I disagree, in my books they go hand and hand..
I don't know who in our generation decided it would be "hip" to like the beatles, but sit back and reflect on their musical ability and tell me it has any substance worth mentioning today.
They were worldwide stars, how can't you understand that. No other band in history has had the same worldwide appeal as the Beatles. The US is not the world, don't forget that.

RE: yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2009 9:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
He's preaching about influential artists but spits on the Beatles and leaves David Bowie out of his list ?

Epic fail.

RE: yawn
By someguy123 on 3/6/2009 8:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
you have no idea what you're talking about.

the innovators who were more interested in new sounds and lyrics than in hitting the perfect notes have less talent than people who are clearly influenced by them and/or downright copy them?

Aristotle is overrated because scientists nowadays have perfected the scientific model he created? his model is so inaccurate man, why do people talk about him?!?!

RE: yawn
By someguy123 on 3/6/2009 8:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
whoops i meant method

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